FERNDALE, Wash., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A family picnicking on Washington state's Clark Island said a sea lion boarded their sailboat and was reluctant to leave.
Lynnea Flarry said her family was enjoying their meal on the island Sunday when her daughter-in-law spotted the intruder boarding their sailboat, which has been tied to a buoy offshore, the Bellingham (Wash.) Herald reported Wednesday.
Flarry said her son and grandchildren returned to the boat to photograph the animal and attempt to coax it into leaving.
"It was the strangest thing," Flarry said. "He was on there for more than an hour."
She said her son was eventually able to use a boat hook to guide the sea lion into jumping ship -- but a few minutes later, the beast climbed right back up the boat's ladder.
"He'd just turn his nose up to the sun and just look at us like, 'I'm here, so what?' It was just the darndest thing. I've never seen anything so preposterous, and I've been sailing for years and years," she said.
Staff at the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center said photographs of the animal indicate it was likely a 2 or 3 year old female California Sea Lion.